By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The wife of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a Detroit hospital system is going above and beyond to help parents learn safe sleeping practices for infants.

Sue Snyder on Thursday highlighted collaboration between the Detroit Medical Center and state agencies to raise awareness of the dangers of unsafe sleep. She says the hospital system’s employees are actively discussing the safe sleeping practices with parents of newborns.

The governor signed a law this year requiring hospitals to prescribe a parental acknowledgment form for safe sleep information and to put it in the child’s medical record if signed.

About 140 Michigan babies die each year due to unsafe sleep. The Detroit Medical Center joins the Detroit area’s Beaumont Health System and Munson Medical Center of Traverse City in partnering with the state.

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